Weekends always pose to be a dilemma for my family. We are all so busy during the week, my wife and I working, and the kids at camp during the summer, that come the weekend we’re tired and feel we all need a break. Then again… The weekend is the perfect time to do things as a family, run errands and spend quality time together.
Also in the mix is the fact that this was a sucky week for me in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) and I pledged to make that right on the weekend.
So when my wife and I sat down Saturday morning trying to plan the day we thought about getting the family outside and adding some steps along the way.
So we ate breakfast, loaded up on water and some snacks and off we went. Here was Saturday;
Walk to the subway.
Walked to the Art Gallery of Ontario (where we got married just over 10 years ago).
Looked for the Village on the Grange (it’s not there).
Walked over to Chinatown to this crazy cool old school dim sum joint on the top floor of a strip mall.
Walked down to Queen Street.
Had free freezies courtesy Virgin Mobile.
Peeked into Much Music – they were filming something for Degrassi.
Saw the homeless guy with his homeless girlfriend / hooker and their homeless dog. He has a sign that says “Need Money for Weed” . I wanted to hand him a new sign that read, “Stay in School Kids – living examples”.
Hit up the Second Cup for a Chocolate Chiller for my wife and Strawberry Yogurt drink for my kids.
Walked back to the subway.
Once at home, Berry napped while my wife and I dosed and the boys watched TV, half conscious, until 4:30pm when we ran out to
get our new glasses, pick up bagels from the Montreal bagel place on Avenue Road (Chatted with Haley-O’s husband Josh-O of Cheaty Monkey fame).
Went to Toy Town.
Picked up dinner at the amazing Indus Tavern on Eglinton (yum x 1000) then some tidying and we were both out cold by 11pm.
Net GCC result: 35,212 steps!!!
Up a little later – 7am.
Out of the house by 9am to Whittamore farm for some raspberry picking then over to pick some green pees, yellow beans, beets, green beans, sugar snap peas and new potatoes…
By 11:30am it was pretty hot and we were all pretty sapped of energy – But let me tell you how cute it is seeing the kids pick the berries. Berry, picked some great berries and put them in her basket. It wasn’t until she tried one when she realized some liked them. It was all downhill from there. The field became her buffet.
From there we went to T&T Grocery store in Markham, then over to a Tim Horton’s drive through for my first coffee in 14 days… YUM!!!
Then after some shopping / sampling we all hopped back into the car and flew over to Woodbine and the 407 for lunch at the new King’s buffet restaurant.
From there home for a nap for Berry while the boys try to kill each other.
I put everything away and at 3pm I checked in at 21,000 steps. I am totally not going to get to 30,000 steps but this has been a great weekend with the family and a great walking weekend for the GCC.
We got the kids bathed, garden and lawn watered and cleaned up quite a bit of the house. Up and down the stairs over and over again sure helped my walking total as once Berry went to sleep, at 8:30pm, I was at 30,000 steps for the day. More cleaning, more up and down the stairs, some laundry, and a trip to the store later and it’s midnight and I take off my pedometer and it reads this;
Final total, and a personal best, 36, 019!!!
So there were some fun things to do with kids on a hot weekend in Toronto.